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The United States they announced of having allowed the repatriation to Saudi Arabia of Mohammed al Qahtani, a man detained for twenty years in the maximum security prison of Guantanamo, in Cuba.
Mohammed al Qahtani was an al Qaeda-affiliated Saudi terrorist who was supposed to be part of the hijacking commando that caused the 9/11 attacks, but who ultimately did not participate. He was arrested in December 2001 in Afghanistan and transferred to Guantanamo in February 2002.
In 2009, the US government admitted that al Qahtani had been tortured in Guantanamo: all charges against him were dropped, but he was not released. Several medical reports later claimed that al Qahtani had developed severe mental health problems, and his lawyers requested that he be repatriated to Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed al Qahtani is the second Guantanamo detainee to be repatriated by the administration of US President Joe Biden. To date, 38 people remain in prison.
Guantanamo Prison is a US maximum security prison located on the island of Cuba, within a US Army military base. The prison was established after the attacks of 11 September 2001 for the detention of prisoners of war, but over the years it has received a lot of criticism related to the conditions of the prisoners and the violation of their fundamental rights.
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